Class One. The dichotomy of demands in the maamar Lo Sihye Mishakeila: A) to be altogether involved in one’s personal spiritual growth (and “give birth” to emotions), B) While being so dedicated to others that there’s no time for stock taking and celebrating the successes. This seems much for the ordinary person. We have however,...
Class Two. Second example of the empowerment (discussed yesterday) is from the Parsha Mishpatim, We must, and therefore Hashem also must (as He does what He tells us) give loans. That means to get what we don’t deserve. However, we must find a way of returning it. Page 337.
Class Three. The idea of a loan of money is even more unconditional than borrowing something (a commodity) that must be directly returned. Hashem’s loans are equally unconditional. The lesson: we’ve been given the gift of Chassidus and should take advantage of it even if we aren’t deserving of it. Page 337-8.
Class Four. Hashem gives us undeserved Gemilas Chasadim, from a level that is beyond our deserving. A place where Yidden and non Yidden are equal and His favoritism is from an absolute place. Page 338-9.
Class Five. 1) The gifts of Hashem are Kesef- unconditional love. 2) Hashem is warning Himself “Lo Sihye Lo KiNoshe” there’s no point in extracting repayment of the loan through strength, as the past has proven the futility of this method. Chose instead kindness. Page 339-41.